Plot & Details
In the mid-1940s, the Indian film industry discovered the musical, and the business was never the same after that. In a nation of two billion people, "Bollywood" musicals were one of the most universally popular forms of entertainment, with dozens of new films appearing each year, spawning hit songs that regularly swept several Asian countries by storm, and making top actors and actresses into stars revered by their fans almost as gods. But as wildly popular as Bollywood musicals were at home, it's a relatively recent phenomenon that more than a handful of people in the West have seen these movies. Filmmakers Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Jeff Zimbalist have assembled a tribute to the golden age of the Indian musical in Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, which features classic song and dance numbers from dozens of iconic films, as well as brief interviews with some of the major stars and directors of Indian screen musicals. Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told received its world premiere at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.